Steve McCurry - The Unguarded Moment

Inspiring photographs from Steve McCurry's work: The Unguarded Moment - an exhibition of the same name is currently showing in Nice, France
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Steve McCurry, Hazara schoolboys (2007), Bamiyan, Afghanistan

1 / 18 Steve McCurry, Hazara schoolboys (2007), Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Steve McCurry, Aung San Suu Kyi and the flag (1996), Rangoon, Burma

2 / 18 Steve McCurry, Aung San Suu Kyi and the flag (1996), Rangoon, Burma

Steve McCurry, Dust storm (1983), Rajasthan, India

3 / 18 Steve McCurry, Dust storm (1983), Rajasthan, India

Steve McCurry, Boy and his goats (1988), Rig-Rig, Chad

4 / 18 Steve McCurry, Boy and his goats (1988), Rig-Rig, Chad

Steve McCurry, Boy in red and white scarf (1988), the Sahel, Mali

5 / 18 Steve McCurry, Boy in red and white scarf (1988), the Sahel, Mali

Steve McCurry, Child in window (1999), Tibet

6 / 18 Steve McCurry, Child in window (1999), Tibet

Steve McCurry, Boy in mid-flight (2007), Jodhpur, India

7 / 18 Steve McCurry, Boy in mid-flight (2007), Jodhpur, India

Steve McCurry, Geisha in subway (2007), Kyoto, Japan

8 / 18 Steve McCurry, Geisha in subway (2007), Kyoto, Japan

Steve McCurry, Playing cards (1999), Agra, India

9 / 18 Steve McCurry, Playing cards (1999), Agra, India

Steve McCurry, Family on train tracks during monsoon (1983), Chittagong, Bangladesh

10 / 18 Steve McCurry, Family on train tracks during monsoon (1983), Chittagong, Bangladesh

Steve McCurry, Ship-breaking yard (1985), near Karachi, Pakistan

11 / 18 Steve McCurry, Ship-breaking yard (1985), near Karachi, Pakistan

Steve McCurry, Fish stall (1997), Weligama, Sri Lanka

12 / 18 Steve McCurry, Fish stall (1997), Weligama, Sri Lanka

Steve McCurry, Lux Soap (1994), Rangoon, Burma

13 / 18 Steve McCurry, Lux Soap (1994), Rangoon, Burma

Steve McCurry, Child Holding Hands (1999), Hajjah, Yemen

14 / 18 Steve McCurry, Child Holding Hands (1999), Hajjah, Yemen

Steve McCurry, Beggar with shadow (2002), Kabul, Afghanistan

15 / 18 Steve McCurry, Beggar with shadow (2002), Kabul, Afghanistan

Steve McCurry, Nomad woman in her yak-hair tent (1999), Kham Province, Tibet

16 / 18 Steve McCurry, Nomad woman in her yak-hair tent (1999), Kham Province, Tibet

Steve McCurry, Destroyed control room (1991), Kuwait City, Kuwait

17 / 18 Steve McCurry, Destroyed control room (1991), Kuwait City, Kuwait

Steve McCurry, Boy and devaluated currency (1992), Kabul, Afghanistan

18 / 18 Steve McCurry, Boy and devaluated currency (1992), Kabul, Afghanistan


The Unguarded Moment, one of ten compendiums of work by award-winning photojournalist Steve McCurry, is a vivid collection of portraits and scenes, reflecting the daily rituals and customs of people around the world, collected over the last thirty years.

The collection includes a number of instantly recognisable shots from McCurry's oeuvre, including a rare portrait of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the famous Dust Storm picture depicting a group of traditionally-dressed Indian women and children shielding from the relentless winds of the Thar Desert. 'I was in a beat-up taxi traveling through the desert to a town called Jaisalmer near the India-Pakistan border,' says McCurry of the photograph, taken in 1983. 'It was in June, and as hot as the planet ever gets. The rains had failed in that part of Rajasthan for thirteen years. I wanted to capture something of the mood of anticipation before the monsoon.'

Images from The Unguarded Moment are currently on show at l'Atelier Soardi Gallery, Nice, (until 16 April). The first solo exhibition of the photographer's work to take place in the South of France, Instants Suspendus comprises over 21 large-format as well as 14 small-format prints. 



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